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(from Audi Press
Release) Audi RS Q3 concept
a high-performance athlete with 265 kW (360 hp)
Powerful 5-cylinder unit combines gasoline direct injection
Acceleration to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.2 seconds and top
speed of 265 km/h (164.66 mph)
At Auto China 2012 in
Beijing, Audi is presenting a themed vehicle based on the Q3 the
RS Q3 concept. It interprets the character of the compact SUV in a
very special way systematically dynamic.
The blue painted Audi RS Q3 concept is a vehicle based on the theme
of thrilling dynamic performance. Its engine, a 2.5 TFSI with 265 kW
(360 hp) of power, and its body lowered about 25 mm (0.98 inches)
and widened with sharp visual details explore the potential of the
Q3 model series in a new way.
Brushed and polished aluminum trim frames the Audi RS Q3 concepts
single-frame radiator grille. Its black grille insert exhibits a new
geometry the honeycombs are slightly offset to one another deeper
inside, creating a distinct three-dimensional effect. The lower area
of the grille integrates another sculpted feature a silver quattro
signature. The headlights are slightly tinted; inside them, some
chrome parts are dark or covered by panels of carbon
fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).
The bumper was redesigned; there are now powerful edges around the
outer air intakes. They are subdivided into two segments the inner
sections have honeycomb screen inserts, while their outer sections,
made of CFRP, have a smooth funnel shape. The front spoiler is also
made of CFRP. Its lower section is matt black. The entire lower
section of the bumper is coated with blue clearcoat paint.
The same combination of black and blue tinted areas is repeated on
the sides of the Audi RS Q3 concept on the trim strips of the
doors and sills and on the add-on parts of the wheel housings. The
door mirror housings consist of black CFRP, while matt aluminum trim
frames the side windows. The roof spoiler runs a long way towards
the rear; its middle section has been slightly shortened compared to
its outer sections. It is painted in the body color Ordos Blue a
matt blue with a slight yellow tint.
At the rear, the lower bumper section has a sporty and angular
style. The diffuser insert, which integrates the two large
elliptical tailpipes in typical RS look, has been shifted far
upward. Here too, Audi designers chose a combination of blue
clearcoat and black CFRP. The rear lights and auxiliary lights in
the bumper are tinted in anthracite and are made of clear glass.
Blue and black: the interior
In the interior of the
Audi RS Q3 concept, which gets plenty of light through a glass
sunroof, cool black is the dominant color on the roofliner, floor
carpet, floor mats, leather-upholstered instrument panel and on
large areas of the seat upholstery, which consists of Fine Nappa
leather. Dark blue Alcantara is used as a contrasting element on the
The contrasting blue color is used in an inventive way in the CFRP
decorative panels the panel material was produced by weaving
brilliant blue luminescent glass fibers into it. The steering wheel
has large control stalks made of CFRP, which are framed by aluminum
accents. Most of the wheel is covered with black Velvet leather a
leather that gives the hands a secure grip and repels dirt very
well. In the door trim panels, there are surfaces in blue Alcantara.
The inside door handle has a perforated lightweight construction
look as in every RS model. In the tachometer, Chinese characters
replace the usual Arabic numerals. RS Q3 badges adorn the instrument
cluster, the seatbacks, door sill plates and floor mats.
The styling of the engine compartment is also extremely sporty in
appearance. A layered-carbon trim panel covers the area around the
five-cylinder engine that sports a red valve cover, and two
laterally arranged ventilation screens feed air to the engine. As is
the practice in car racing, the cylinder numbers are marked on their
spark plug covers. An aluminum housing holds the open sports air
filter, and the filtered air tube is made of stainless steel.
Powerful: the drivetrain
The extremely powerful
2.5 TFSI in the RS Q3 concept combines two classic Audi technologies
gasoline direct injection and turbocharging. From 2,480 cc of
engine displacement, it generates 265 kW (360 hp) of power. The car
catapults itself from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.2 seconds,
and its propulsive force takes it to a top speed of 265 km/h (164.66
A seven-speed S tronic transfers the forces of the sonorous 2.5 TFSI
to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Generally, it directs
these forces almost exclusively to the front wheels. When slip is
detected there, it can redistribute forces to the rear axle via a
hydraulic multi-plate clutch with electronic control
instantaneously and variably.
The alloy wheels of the Audi RS Q3 concept continue the dynamic RS Q
styling and have the dimensions 8.5 J x 20. The front surfaces are
high-gloss, while the sides are sandblasted. The tire size of 255/30
is not exactly typical for an SUV, but certainly for an RS model.